Kelly Cohen-Mazurowski, M.Div.
Director of Academic Engagement, Global & Civic Opportunities
Hi, I’m Kelly Cohen-Mazurowski (Mah-zoo-RAHV-skee). I work as a Global and Civic DAE here in the Academic Advising Center. I come to this position with a background in refugee resettlement in the United States, service learning in East Africa, and the intersections of religion and culture.
I joined the Academic Advising Center after leading Duke’s America Reads/America Counts Program which places Duke students as tutors in Durham’s public schools. This opportunity allowed me to get out into the Durham community and better understand the relationship between Duke and Durham. Before that, I worked for CWS, a refugee resettlement agency in downtown Durham. I served as a community liaison for new arrivals from Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Central African Republic, Burma, Sudan, and beyond. I continue to serve as a volunteer interpreter and conversation partner for French-speaking refugees here in the Triangle.
As a student, I completed my Masters at Duke Divinity School with a concentration in gender and theology. Ask me about my thesis on religiously-motivated diet programs. During my time as a graduate student, I was able to do field work with refugees here in the Durham area and with an inter-faith community development project in Kisumu, Kenya. As an undergraduate, I studied abroad in Mukono, Uganda.
Additionally, I have served as a Graduate Resident on Duke’s East Campus (Pegram, Jarvis), the Program Coordinator for East Campus Residence Life, and as a Site Coordinator for Duke Engage – Durban, South Africa. My immersive service experiences around the world and right here in North Carolina have given me a passion for cross-cultural civic engagement. As a Director of Academic Engagement (DAE) I am thrilled to work with Duke students as they author their own stories of making connections between academic work and our multi-faceted context.